US airstrike in Somalia kills about 60 al-Shabaab fighters

Somalia's Islamic al Shabab spokesman Sheik Muktar Robow Abu Mansur addresses a news conference where he vowed to step up attacks against government soldiers and foreign troops in Mogadishu

US military kills 60 Al-Shabaab militants killed in deadliest strike

Somali intelligence officials say the largest USA military airstrike against al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia in almost a year largely destroyed a training camp and killed more fighters than the US announced.

In June, an American commando was killed during an attack in southern Somalia that also wounded four U.S. military members and a Somali soldier, officials said at the time.

The U.S. airstrike outside the al-Shabab-controlled seaside community of Harardere in Mudug province in Somalia's central region was the deadliest since one on November 21, 2017, against a camp killed about 100 al-Shabab fighters.

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The U.S. Africa Command spokesman said the airstrike had no link to the anniversary.

Last month, Africa Command said American and allied forces had come under attack in Somalia, triggering an air strike in self-defense that killed 18 Shabaab extremists in the country's south.

Since 2007, the United States military's combat drones have waged war against al-Qaeda's affiliates in Somalia, among them al-Shabaab.

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US President Donald Trump expanded military operations against al-Shabab in March 2017.

"Alongside our Somali and worldwide partners, we are committed to preventing al-Shabab from taking advantage of safe havens from which they can build capacity and attack the people of Somalia", the US Africa Command said. Al-Shabab has several thousands of fighters and has proven to be resilient over the years, carrying out suicide bombings on high-profile targets in the capital, Mogadishu, and other cities as well as more conventional attacks against Somali, U.S. and African Union forces. It also remains a threat in parts of neighbouring Kenya.

The Command, however, confirmed no civilians were injured or killed in the strike. At least two attacks involved USA aircraft.

Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, has not yet commented.

It gave no further details.

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